British Library To Offer Free Kindle Downloads For 19th Century Authors

by Greg on February 12, 2010

Here’s some good news for Kindle owners that like the old classics. The British Library is going to release more than 65,000 rare first editions of 19th century fiction. This is another Kindle Exclusive as you will only be able to download these books from the Kindle Storestarting sometime in the spring or early summer.

The classics that will be available are English literature titles such as Oliver Twist, Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Pride and Prejudice. Authors include some pretty big names like Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, Alexandre Dumas, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jane Austin, Thomas Hardy and many more.

Lynne Brindley, the chief executive of the British Library, had this to say:

“Freeing historic books from the shelves has the potential to revolutionise access to the world’s greatest library resources.”

The books have been in the process of being scanned over the past three years by Microsoft. These are first editions that will be available for free download for the first time.

Now, even though these will be exclusive to Kindle for now, the deal that was made with Amazon doesn’t prohibit the books from being made available in other formats if separate agreements are reached. So, they could show up eventually on the Sony Reader or the iPad but for now they’ll just be available for the Kindle.

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